All posts tagged: stephanie alina

How Do I Talk to My Hairstylist About Hair Color?

Coloring your hair can be SO confusing if you are new to the game. When women ask me if they should highlight or lowlight or neither, I literally have no idea what to tell them. And if the word, “balayage”, is thrown into the mix, I really don’t know what the heck we’re even talking about.

But I do know this: The worst thing for our hair is NOT knowing how to correctly communicate with our hairstylist about what we want. So, I interviewed top New York stylist (and our beauty contributor!), Stephanie Alina, to learn the ropes. The first thing I learned is that I’m not even using the right jargon….

Hair Color: Think Outside the Box!

If you are thinking inside the box, you are a square and no one wants to be a square! Everyone is different with different needs so embrace your individuality! This goes for your hair as well! This is one main reason I do not suggest “box color.” It is made for the masses; the one size fits all of hair color. Everyone’s hair is different and should be assessed by a licensed cosmetologist to figure out if it needs permanent, semi, or demi permanent hair color and the correct strength of developer to mix with it. A woman with medium-brown hair and another woman with slightly darker medium- brown hair are going to choose the same box, and neither woman will achieve the same results. What they will most likely achieve is a bill of $200 or more for corrective color, by a professional, in a salon. Here’s why… When coloring hair, a “developer” is mixed in to the formulation to help push the color through.  These developers are rated on strength from 10 volume to 40 volume. These volumes should most definitely not …

Braidley Mischka

What’s more fast-paced, high-energy than the styling tents of NY Mercedes Benz Fashion week? New Yorkers getting ready for work in the morning- that’s what! In this concrete jungle we need to mix sophisticated style with practical convenience.

We want to strut down the hallway to our office looking trendy and on point by 7 am (with an hour and a half commute!). We may not have all the time in the world in the morning to do this… But we definitely have enough time to add a little edge to the everyday basic ponytail. Here’s how to look trendy and polished (like you had your own glam team working on you this morning!) in 5 minutes:

Cut the Electricity

Okay New Yorkers, no one ever looks forward to getting a call from ConEd to let them know the electricity is being cut, but when you hear it from your hairstylist, it gains a whole new meaning! Static electricity is caused by two unusual objects rubbing against one another, like your hair against your pillow all night (causing you to wake up with a serious case of bed head)! The friction causes electrons to be sent from one object to the other. The object that lost electrons has a positive charge and the object that received electrons has a negative charge. When this happens to surfaces that don’t conduct electricity well like dry, damaged hair, the electrons force the hair to fly away from each other. The hair is lacking moisture! If there’s not enough moisture in the air, and your hair is dry, I can bet this is a struggle for you! Try finger styling your hair and not brushing it often. When you do brush your hair, try to use a wooden brush …

Glaze into Fall

Light Ombrés and variations of hair painting were the trend this summer in the hair world, but now it’s time to glaze into fall! Is your hair brassy or dry after being a beach bum? This is an affordable way to color-correct oxidized hair from sun, chlorine, and saltwater. Restore your hair and correct pH after summer wear and tear! You really want to seal down that cuticle especially if you have had previously highlighted hair. Glazes can tone the color of your hair, so switch it up for the new season! Go richer, go deeper! Creative colors are very sought after right now; the blues, purples, and combinations of colors are endless. If your light enough and wild enough, switch up your look! Personally, I am loving the wine and burgundy hair tones this season. These colors are right on trend in the fashion world this fall. If you are a brunette, warm it up! Get rid of that sandy, mousy brown, and get some hot chocolate and espresso; these rich tones are beautiful. …